about jules tillman
Hello there, new friend!
Thanks so much for coming to my about page. It may seem silly, but it actually means a lot to me that you’re here and that you want to know more about me. I truly hope we can become friends!
So, let me tell you a bit about myself… I’ll start with the short(ish) version, and if you want to learn more, I’ve shared a longer story below.
I’m Jules, an introverted artist, entrepreneur, and creative business coach and I help creatives like you build the lives and the businesses they find ideal and fulfilling. I’m an introvert (INFP here!) and I love working with other introverts. I’m a creative business coach, and I loooove social media (I’m looking at you, Pinterest and Instagram!) I love teaching, and I love the creative community —> that means YOU! 😍😍😍
First: I’m a mom to two amazing daughters. Like, CRAZY AMAZING and I don’t just say that because I’m their mom. They help me stay hopeful for the future of our world because of who they are and what they do.
Second (and it’s a close second!): I’m passionate about entrepreneurship. Like, a serious, life-long learner about being my own boss, marketing, mindset, social media, creating websites, etc., etc. (Okay, maybe since I was about 19… but that seems like a lifetime ago!)
I love being an entrepreneur (and helping others do the same) because it allows the freedom to choose how to live your life.
It offers flexibility: so it’s great for everyone from parents who want to work from home to take care of their little ones, to those who need to take care of aging parents, to digital nomads who want to travel the world as they work, and everyone in between!
It offers limitless potential: in many cases, there is no limit to how much you can make. In fact, I’d argue that in all cases there is no limit to how much you can make.
It gives you power: if you’ve ever had a horrible boss or job, it’s empowering to know that you’ll never have to go back to that (unless you had a job you loved, and you want to!)
Some fun, quick facts about me:
I’m married to my best friend (he’s the bee’s knees!) and we live and love our life in Portland, OR. We’ve lived here for close to 10 years but we’re both 2nd generation California Natives, so we might end up moving back one day.
I meditate daily, I believe in the Law of Attraction and manifesting, I listen to my intuition above all. I love tattoos, I prefer tea over coffee, I’m obsessed with being by the water (the ocean, lakes, rivers, heck! Even a pond or stream will do!), my favorite color is always changing, and I like to collect tiny things. My favorite concerts (so far) have been The Smiths, Band of Horses, The Dixie Chicks, and Lana Del Ray. I also blog about art journaling at www.JoyfulArtJournaling.com.
Most of all: I believe that everyone should be able to make a living doing what they love.
But If you’d like to learn more, here’s a bit of my back story:
I’ll say it again: I love being an entrepreneur!
I give my mom a lot of credit for this: she was a single mom, raising my 2 brothers and myself in Southern California, and for much of that time she was also her own boss. She tried a few things (like selling used books, transcribing… she actually transcribed the script for “Mr. Mom” so we always joked that she “wrote” it!) until she settled on Real Estate investing in the 1990’s and she now has nearly 100 units she owns and rents out. (Go mom!)
I also knew that, when I had children, I wanted to be a stay at home mom. But we all know it’s hard to get by on just one income, so I decided to start a home-based business shortly after my second daughter was born. Like my mom, I also tried a few things, until one stuck: web design.
That was back when you had to code each site “by hand”, so I taught myself HTML, and luckily my mom also owned a graphic design business when I was a teen (with two of my aunts – I had great role models for sure!!) for a time, so I had some experience in that from hanging around their office… ahem, I mean “working” at the office, all the time. 😁
My target market for my web design company was small and home-based business owners, so I actually started a website about that topic (starting, growing and succeeding in your own home-based business) in order to attract clients. It was way before “blogs” were even a thing, so, for lack of a better term, I called it an “online magazine.” I even had an email list with over 22,000 subscribers. In fact, the online magazine took off so well that I stopped doing web design!
It was awesome!
Until it wasn’t…
In fact, it started to go bad (for me) after 9/11. I know that event shook all of our worlds. For me, among other things, it was this shocking reminder of how short life can be. And that my girls wouldn’t be babies forever. And that I was working 60-70 hours a week.
60 to 70 hours a week, in order to “be home” with my daughters. Yeah, I was home, but I wasn’t really there.
I will admit that it took longer than I wish it would’ve, but at the beginning of 2004 I finally sold the business and went back to being a full-time mom.
But if I haven’t said it enough already… I LOVE being an entrepreneur!
So while I was a stay-at-home mom, I was also exploring my creative side. I was making custom, hand-painted signs, refurbishing old furniture, making collages, and teaching myself how to draw and paint.
I finally ended up going back to college to study art (which eventually led me to moving here to Portland to attend Pacific Northwest College of Art).
But you know what they don’t teach you in art school?
How to be in the business of art.
(I’ve since heard that some art schools are now incorporating it, thank goodness!)
So after opening my Etsy art shop, and helping other artists and makers promote their shops for many years, I decided to start Creating Beautifully.
I wanted to help creatives of all kinds start and grow online businesses they love!
It’s funny, because it’s a lot like that “online magazine” I created all those years ago….
But this time? This time I learned how to avoid working 60-70 hours a week. In fact, I currently work about 25 hours a week, and earn more than a full-time income.
And that’s what I want to help you with, too. (If that’s your desire.) And you don’t have to be an artist (or even consider yourself creative – though I believe we ALL are creative in our own ways, and for some that is through entrepreneurship itself!)
You just have to have a WHY: why you want to start an online business and work for yourself and a burning passion to make that happen.
Do you have that why? If so, let’s do this together, shall we?
I know I’m excited about it!
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